Blog: Penner’s Pen

Penner’s Pen

Larry Penner is a concerned self described taxpayer and citizens’ civic activist who will be blogging about government, budgets, politics, economic and civil liberties issues of interest to local residents. He has been an avid letters to the editor contributor for over twelve years. His works have been periodically featured on the pages of The Queens Courier along with many other daily and weekly newspapers in Queens, the Metropolitan New York area and various magazines around the nation.

David versus Goliath
Penner's Pen Larry Penner 9/23/2013 at 11:12AM

Any discussions about Republicans continuing to control New York City Hall may be premature.  It is a battle between Joe Lhota (David) and Bill de Blasio (Goliath). As of April, 2013 there are 4,352,113 active registered voters in New York City. This includes 2,974,321 Democrats, 470,552 Republicans, 733,481 Blanks (no declared party affiliation), 111,853 Independence, [...]

The curtain comes down on Scobee Diner
Penner's Pen Larry Penner 9/13/2013 at 11:28AM

On Sunday night, November 28, 2010, it was a sad day for residents of Lakeville and Great Neck when Scobee Diner in neighboring Little Neck closed their doors for the very last time.  Since that date the site has remained vacant.  Sadly, this past Wednesday demolition actually began.  By the time you read this letter, the last remnants [...]

Happy birthday Newsday
Penner's Pen Larry Penner 9/04/2013 at 9:42AM

Congratulations to Newsday first published on September 4, 1940 on your 73rd Anniversary. In the 1960s, NYC was blessed with over 12 daily newspapers sold at several thousand neighborhood newsstands.  I still remember many of Newsday‘s competitors from decades ago such as the Long Island Star Journal, Long Island Press and Suffolk Sun who have [...]

When Queens County Democratic Chairman Crowley talks – candidates listen
Penner's Pen Larry Penner 8/22/2013 at 3:58PM

New York State Senator Tony Avella withdrawing from the race for Queens Borough President is no surprise.  Once Congressmember and Queens County Democratic Party Chairperson Joseph Crowley crowned former NYC Councilmember Melinda Katz as his choice, the previous crowded field began to disappear.  State Senator Tony Avella now joins NYC Councilmember Leroy Comrie, Deputy Borough [...]

Summer gridlock in Washington
Penner's Pen Larry Penner 8/14/2013 at 12:06PM

Blame both President Obama and Congress if Americans face another round of sequestering on October 1. As part of last year’s budget negotiations, the threat of sequestering or an automatic 8 percent cut was supposed to bring all parties to the table. There would be a balanced budget and less need for increasing our debt [...]

Will Walmart come to Ridgewood?
Penner's Pen Larry Penner 8/02/2013 at 2:02PM

NYC Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley and other local Ridgewood leaders who oppose the opening of a Walmart are mistaken. Polls of ordinary New Yorkers continue resulting year after year and now decade after decade to support the right of Walmart to open stores in Ridgewood and other locations in Queens along with Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island. [...]

Stringer versus Spitzer for NYC comptroller
Penner's Pen Larry Penner 7/24/2013 at 11:02AM

Give former State Attorney General and Governor Eliot Spitzer credit for recently announcing his candidacy for the Office of the New York City Comptroller. Manhattan Borough President and former mayoral candidate Scott Stringer will have to cancel summer vacation plans.  Now Stringer has to put on his walking shoes, burn some shoe leather and calories [...]

Happy 49th birthday to Queens public transportation
Penner's Pen Larry Penner 7/14/2013 at 3:42PM

The success of public transportation can be traced back to one of the late President Lyndon Johnson’s greatest accomplishments, which continues benefiting many Americans today.  On July 10, 1964 he signed the Urban Mass Transportation Act of 1964 into law.  Subsequently this has resulted in the investment over time of several hundred billion dollars into [...]

Rozic, Weprin, Braunstein and the spelling bee champion
Penner's Pen Larry Penner 7/08/2013 at 11:55AM

State Assemblymembers Nily Rozic, David Weprin and Edward Braunstein should have hired spelling bee champion Arvind Mahankali when they honored him during his visit to the Assembly.  Arvind Mahankali could read the thousands of pages contained in hundreds of bills and explain the contents to Rozic, Weprin and Braunstein before they vote. Members of our [...]

How will new MTA Chairman Tom Prendergast do?
Penner's Pen Larry Penner 7/01/2013 at 11:21AM

Will the new Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Chairman Tom Prendergast follow in the footsteps of predecessors Joe Lhota, Jay Walder, Peter Kalikow, H. Dale Hemmerdinger and Elliot Sanders. Will he be more successful in dealing with the challenges ahead?  Time will tell. Several years ago the original proposed $29 billion Five Year Capital Plan was [...]